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Eyelash Crested & Gargoyle Gecko

Experience Level: Beginner

Eyelash Crested and Gargoyle Gecko in terrarium

Geckos

Did you know? Eyelash Crested Geckos were named for the eyelash-like protrusions over their eyes. These geckos also have a strong prehensile tail that helps stabilize them on branches. The tail can “drop” if the pet feels threatened. However, unlike most other geckos, the tail will not grow back.

Step 1Choosing a Terrarium

These geckos originate from the South Pacific and require a warm, humid environment. You can
house two Crested Geckos together (no more than one male per habitat). Gargoyle Geckos are best housed individually.

Terrarium
(A) Use a well-ventilated, 20-gallon (20-24" tall) or larger terrarium. Taller enclosures are required as these geckos like to climb.
(B) Screened lid, if not included with habitat.

Step 2Heating and Lighting

These geckos require a temperature gradient (from top to bottom of habitat) to appropriately regulate their body temperature. Temperatures should also vary between daytime and nighttime hours.

Heating
• Equip the habitat with two (C) thermometers to monitor temperature (one high and one low) and one (D) hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels.

• Supplement habitat heat with a (E) low-wattage heat bulb or ceramic heat emitter to maintain daytime temperatures. Heat source should be turned off at night.

• Use a ceramic heat emitter or night heat lamp, as needed, to maintain nighttime temperatures.

Target Range
Humidity 50-80%
Temperature
Day - Cool Area 75-80o F (24-27o C)
Day - Warm Area 80-85o F (27-30o C)
Night 65-75o F (18-24o C)
 

Lighting
• These geckos are nocturnal and provided they are supplied with a dietary source of vitamin D, they do not require ultraviolet light, only a 12-hour light/dark cycle. If room light does not provide enough light, use a fluorescent bulb to provide daytime light.

• For night viewing, and to minimize visible light seen by your gecko, use a night-specific bulb.

Step 3Substrate and Decor

Substrate
(F) Use a 2-3" (5-8 cm) layer of coconut fiber or bark.

• Clean out waste weekly and completely change bedding at least once a month.

Decor
(G) Add a wood/rock hiding place in the home for hiding.
(H) Add a vertical piece of wood for climbing.

Provide branches (artificial or live) for hiding and climbing. These geckos are good climbers and do well in environments with lots of branches and plants.

 

Eyelash Crested and Gargoyle Gecko in terrarium

Health
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your pet, give
him 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings while monitoring his behavior for any signs of stress or illness. Shortly after purchase, have a veterinarian familiar with reptiles examine your pet.

Thing to Watch For
• Runny droppings for more than two days
• Eating or drinking less; weight loss
• Swollen joints
• Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
• Shedding problems; discolored skin
• Avoidance of the basking area; more time spent hiding; lethargic behavior

If you notice any of the above signs, speak with a PetSmart store associate or reptile veterinarian with questions about the health of your pet.

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